June 23, 2009
Graham pulls the trigger
For Ohio State recruiting fans it has seemed like an eternity since the last commitment came down but on Tuesday afternoon the news of a new commit came out and most definitely at a position of need. Wheaton (Ill.) North high school quarterback Taylor Graham selected Ohio State over the likes of Michigan State, UCLA and many others to become the sixth member of the Buckeye recruiting class.
"I committed to Ohio State (on Monday)," Graham said. "I wanted to call the other coaches who were recruiting me and let them know beforehand and didn't want them reading it over the internet."
The 6-foot-4, 211-pound pro-style signal caller is of course the son of former Buckeye and NFL-alumni Kent Graham and grew up watching the Buckeyes on television as a child. The younger Graham was excited to call the Ohio State staff and give them the big news.
"I called coach (Jim) Tressel and told him that I wanted to be a Buckeye," Graham said. "He was really excited and told me congratulations. Then I talked to a couple of the other coaches that were there next to him. They were all just very happy for me just like I am so it is a great feeling."
Graham's father was the starting quarterback in 1991 and Taylor himself was born at the Ohio State University hospital but did that really have any bearing on his decision to follow in the scarlet and gray?
"A lot of people may say I wanted to go there because my dad went there but really it had nothing to do with that," Graham said. "I love Columbus as it is and I love Ohio State and I love the Horseshoe and I really felt comfortable there with the coaches and what they were doing offensively."
Graham's skill set is definitely a pocket passer and doesn't appear to be the same type of mobile quarterback that the Buckeyes are using currently in their offense. That didn't deter Graham who believes that the offense is not totally out of the realm of his abilities.
"A lot of people say that they are a spread offense, spread-option team but I really don't think so," Graham said. "A lot of people kind of put aside the fact that they won the National Championship with Craig Krenzel, who is a pro-style quarterback, and coach Tressel actually said that Terrelle Pryor actually wanted to go there because they were doing pro-style stuff."
And Graham definitely feels that he will be able to find success within the game plan.
"I just want to be another one of those quarterbacks to continue running that system," Graham said. "I think that I can do that and fit in well."
Now Graham will be able to focus on the same goal that every high school football player enters a new season with, winning a state championship. Does it feel good to have the recruiting process over with?
"I was really satisfied with the way that the process went and it was great and a fun ride but I thought it was time for it to end," Graham said. "I had all of the information that I needed on all the other schools so it was kind of time to make a decision."
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